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Food Safety/SQF Manager - Timonium, MD 21093


Michele's Granola





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Health insurance


Paid time off

401(k) matching

Employee discount

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Michele’s Granola is a top-selling brand of small batch granola. Our purpose from the start has been to make a better product in a better way. This commitment has propelled the company from a farmer’s market granola to nationwide grocery distribution with our entire product line still handmade from scratch with clean simple ingredients. With strong revenue growth, a passionate consumer following and a solid distribution footprint, the company is poised to further accelerate growth to a national household name. Michele’s is seeking new talent for its leadership team to direct the expansion of the company and broaden its mission to share the benefits of food from a better place.

Our Passions:

  • Putting real, wholesome, and delicious food back into people’s pantries.
  • Achieving scale without sacrificing principles like sourcing high-quality organic ingredients, utilizing small-batch production techniques, and offering outstanding fresh-baked flavor.
  • Reducing the environmental impact of food production and distribution, and increasing our positive social impact, with innovative, sustained efforts.
  • Building a positive and productive workplace culture rooted in strong leadership, excellent teamwork, a constant desire to improve, and good old-fashioned entrepreneurial grit.

Job Summary:

Responsible for developing the Quality strategy, policies, processes, standards, and systems for the Company and its supply chain to operate within.

This may include auditing to ensure compliance although this may be carried out by a third-party accredited body.

The successful candidate will be a strong problem solver who is able to adapt to an ever-growing environment and will never hesitate to roll up their sleeves and help a process.


  • Perform all duties ascribe to an SQF Practitioner.
  • Manage Food Safety and Quality Assurance Department
  • Maintain company’s GMP, Food Safety Program and Quality Programs
  • Represent company in customer requests related to food safety
  • Represent company for audits for FDA, SQF, or other Food Safety related matters
  • Monitor, validate, and inspect all policies, procedures, documents, and logs related to GMPs, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Programs
  • Manage Supplier Approval Program.
  • Perform necessary quality assurance (QA) functions to ensure that specifications for raw materials, work-in-process (WIP), and finished products are met
  • Perform quality and food safety audits to raw material specifications and certificates of analysis (COAs)
  • Provide support to Procurement with regards to food safety and quality assurance
  • Manage HACCP & SQF team by conducting monthly and semi-annual team meetings and training
  • Conduct continuous training with existing staff and new hires on food safety standards of company and FDA along with GMP training
  • Manage customer complaint procedures and root-cause analysis for quality and food safety related matters.
  • Perform mock recalls and traceability exercises to validate traceability and mock recall policies and procedures
  • Conduct activities to ensure that products meet our quality specifications and all food safety and regulatory standards (FDA, SQF, HACCP, GMP)
  • Conduct weekly, monthly, and yearly environmental and allergen swabbing.

Requirements & Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in Food Science or equivalent
  • At least 2 years’ experience in the field of Food/Beverage in Food Safety/QA
  • Knowledge of FDA and GMP standards
  • Must be an SQF practitioner
  • HACCP certification preferred
  • Familiar with food manufacturing process and equipment
  • Ability to do mathematical calculations with precision and consistency
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in fast-past environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as function effectively and comfortably as a multidisciplinary team member where team results are considered more important than individual contributions
  • Experience with Third Party Food Audits is a plus
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.


Medical Plan and prescription program administered by CareFirst with employer contribution of $200 monthly

  • 401k with employer match of up to 3% of annual earnings, immediately upon hire
  • Paid holidays, 6 annually
  • Accrued Paid Time Off
  • One week of accrued SICK time
  • Employee discount on all granola products




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